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Pattenden, Roger.

Globe Theatre.

Additional Title(s):

Globe Theater

Great Britain, 2006.
Physical Description:
1 model : heavy card, balsa wood, modeling clay, paint ; 65 x 78 x 34 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Quarto Room
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Roger Pattenden
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Scale 1:50
The original Globe Theatre was built for the Chamberlain's Men, William Shakespeare's company of players, on the south side of the Thames in 1599. Many of Shakespeare's greatest plays were performed in the Globe and for 14 years it was one of the most successful playhouses in London. In 1613, a stage cannon set fire to the thatched roof of the Globe during a performance of Henry VIII and the theater burned to the ground. A second Globe was built on the same site. Shakespeare may have acted in the second Globe, but he probably never wrote for it. However, it remained a home for Shakespeare's company until the closure of all theaters by England's Puritan administration in 1642. No longer of use, it was demolished to make room for tenements in 1644.
The Globe was not truly circular. Archeological excavation of the nearby Rose Theatre in 1989 revealed what most scholars had long suspected: that the Elizabethan playhouses were polygonal buildings. In the same year, a small portion of the Globe itself was excavated, from which two important inferences were drawn: that it was a 20-sided building and it had a diameter of 100 feet.
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Selected exhibitions: "Searching for Shakespeare" (Yale Center for British Art, 24 June-27 September, 2006)
Model of the Globe Theatre, London, by Roger Pattenden, made for "Searching for Shakespeare," an exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery, London, March 2-May 29, 2006, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, June 24-September 27, 2006.
Subject Terms:
Globe Theatre (London, England : 1599-1644)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history.
Theater -- England -- London -- History.
Theater and society -- England -- London.
Theaters -- England -- London.

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